deal with (someone or something)

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deal with (someone or something)

1. To manage or handle someone or something (usually someone or something unpleasant). The phrase "deal with it" can be used dismissively to leave a task to someone else. I just can't deal with him when gets hysterical like this. I'll deal with the construction problems at the house—you go on ahead to work. A: "Sir, I'm not sure how you want me to handle all these calls." B: "Oh, just deal with it, Jeff."
2. To focus on or include something. Your term paper must deal with the major themes of modernism and link them to your chosen text.
3. To conduct business with someone or something. It's such a pain dealing with that company. They sent us the wrong size T-shirts and then took weeks to issue a refund.
4. To treat someone in a particular way. The owner dealt with me very nicely, so I'll definitely go back to his shop.
5. slang To kill someone. Don't worry, once I deal with the informant, he won't go running to the cops ever again.
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deal with someone or something

to manage someone or something. This is not a big problem. I think I can deal with it. I am sure I can deal with Jill.
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deal with someone

Sl. to kill someone. "Spike, you deal with that cop," said the crime boss. The agent planned how best to deal with the rebel leader without getting caught.
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deal with

1. See deal in, def. 1.
2. Do business with someone, as in I like dealing with this company. [Late 1600s] Also see deal in, def. 2.
3. Take action in, handle, administer, dispose of, as in The committee will deal with this matter. [Second half of 1400s]
4. Act in a specified way toward someone, as in He dealt extremely fairly with his competitors. [c. 1300]
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deal with

v.
1. To be about something; have to do with something: This report deals with teaching students how to read.
2. To confront or grapple with something: I can't deal with all of these problems at the same time. These researchers are dealing with the most difficult issues in the field. You dealt with their hostility very well.
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deal with someone

in. to kill someone. (From the milder expression meaning to cope with or tend to someone.) The agent planned how best to deal with the rebel leader without getting caught.
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References in classic literature ?
I should be very glad to, know at present what it dealt with.
It is not thus that the Church in its great days dealt with evidence that was unwelcome.
But the entire range of heroic legend was open to these poets, and other clusters of epics grew up dealing particularly with the famous story of Thebes, while others dealt with the beginnings of the world and the wars of heaven.
Saintsbury's book--a writer who has dealt with all the perturbing influences of our century in a manner as classical, as idiomatic, as easy and elegant, as Steele's:
4 : to take action <The sheriff dealt with the outlaws.>
In his last 50 deals, David says he has dealt with every conceivable type of transaction, but they all had one thing in common--good banking relationships.
The section dealing with the environment dealt with the main characteristics and issues of the environment, and the main strategies pursued and recommended to deal with this it.
This was because the AHDR subscribed to the Arab tradition of viewing environmental issues as residual ones, that is, issues which would be dealt with once other issues were solved.
Further, in keeping with its descriptive orientation, the AHDR hardly dealt with the consequences and the costs of environmental degradation with the exception of a reference to its impact on the quality of life.
"In most MBOs we've dealt with, the employees seem very enthusiastic," says MKS Partners CEO Nobuo Matsuki, citing a radical shift in the way MEOs are perceived in Japan.
Usually, these problems are curable; however, they are better dealt with prior to the closing than afterward.
If not, he or she should insist on widening the scope of the due diligence to focus on the additional issues to be dealt with - yen if they should break, rather than make, the merger.
There are a million items that need to be dealt with. It really helps that Larry is such a hands-on person," said Schauer.
When the tenants dealt with O&Y, they defeated any chance for the broker to receive payment of its commission.
Berger added that tenants and brokers will still be dealing with the same personnel they dealt with at Robert Martin before the Cali merger.